Brinc x PML Applications Commence Strategic Collaboration to Aid Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal Startups

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  • Collaboration to provide relevant startups in Brincā€™s Climate Tech accelerator access to PML Applicationsā€™ Ocean CDR expertise
  • PML Applications will support the independent validation of startup technologies efficiently and with a high level of scientific rigor
  • PML Applicationsā€™ involvement may incorporate mentorship, testing, and evaluation services

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Brinc, a global venture accelerator committed to creating a more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future, has commenced a strategic partnership withĀ PML Applications, the commercial subsidiary of world-renowned marine research organizationĀ Plymouth Marine LaboratoryĀ (PML).
PML Applications has expertise in ocean carbon removal (Ocean CDR), providing independent monitoring and analysis to ensure new technologies and solutions in this growing area are developed in a responsible, evidence-led, and environmentally sustainable way. Startups in Brincā€™s inauguralĀ Climate Tech accelerator program, starting in spring 2023, stand to benefit from their expertise and network of global partners.

Relevant companies in the accelerator program will receive mentorship from a tailored selection of PML Applicationsā€™ team, drawn from a pool of experts in both PML and PML Applications, and the opportunity to receive additional support such as a comprehensive environmental assessment. The startups will also have the chance to work with PML Applications during the program to formalize a proposal that covers potential capabilities such as onsite field trials, lab tests, and modeling support.

Field trials can be conducted, as required, to test technologies on a small scale. Climate Tech accelerator participants will have the benefit of PML Applicationsā€™ experience leading efforts for commercial customers involving design and logistical planning, monitoring, data interpretation, and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) calculation. Land-based, coastal and offshore capabilities will also be on offer, as determined by case. This is designed to simplify permit acquisition and ease regulatory headaches for relevant startups, as well as provide technical support and third-party validation.

The most recent IPCC report estimates that at least five to ten gigatons of carbon removal annually will be required by 2050. The ocean plays a vital role in the natural carbon cycle and could potentially be used for carbon removal using scalable industrial processes. It is estimated that the ocean also offers additional space compared to the inherent limitation faced by land-intensive approaches. A variety of Ocean CDR approaches exist, but all face uncertainties in terms of ecological risk, and measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) at scale. In particular, companies must design solutions for 1,000-year permanence and long-term operational durability.

Alongside the aforementioned support from PML Applications, all startups that participate in Brincā€™s 12-week Climate Tech accelerator program will receive an investment of US$150,000 and one-on-one tailored support from a global community of mentors, follow-on investors, and corporates.

Brinc CEO & Founder Manav Gupta said ā€œOcean CDR has vast untapped potential, but still faces a variety of hurdles. We are excited to work with PML Applications to help startups validate their technologies in the field with as simplified a permitting process as possible, robust environmental assessments, and support on their MRV protocol. We need to collaborate across sectors in order to help startups scale.ā€

Tim Fileman, Head of the Centre for Coastal Technologies at PML Applications, said ā€œThere is a great deal of interest in the growing Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal sector, but itā€™s vital that new technologies and solutions are underpinned with a strong foundation of scientific evidence and are able to deliver in a genuinely sustainable manner. PML Applications has a wealth of knowledge in this area ā€” drawing on the expertise of the world-renowned Plymouth Marine Laboratory ā€” and weā€™re delighted to be working with Brinc to ensure startups are supported with the right guidance and insight.ā€

Startups interested in the Climate Tech accelerator can fill out the followingĀ interest formĀ to be notified when the next batch of prospective participants will be reviewed. Those interested in supporting the program in another capacity can submit their details via the sameĀ linkĀ or contactĀ climatetech@brinc.io.

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